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Sheldon Richardson | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 294
College: Missouri
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The Jets expect LE Sheldon Richardson to be more productive as a pass-rusher this season.
Richardson's dominant rookie campaign featured only 3.5 sacks from the three-technique spot in their 3-4. The Jets say that was because he didn't know the scheme well enough. "A lot of plays weren't called for him to make plays, but he was so athletic that he made plays on his own," line coach Karl Dunbar said. Richardson's tackle floor is extremely high and he has some untapped pass-rush appeal. He's an upside DL2 pick in IDP. Mon, Aug 11, 2014 09:12:00 AM

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Associated Press named Jets DE Sheldon Richardson its 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Fellow John Idzik premium picks Geno Smith and Dee Milliner disappointed as rookies, but Richardson was an unblockable animal for the Jets' oft-dominant 2013 run defense. He lived in opposing backfields. Whereas Eddie Lacy won OROY in a landslide, Richardson narrowly eked out 23 votes to finish four ahead of Buffalo ILB Kiko Alonso. Saints S Kenny Vaccaro (4), Cardinals CB/FS Tyrann Mathieu (2), and Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (2) also received DROY votes.
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 06:34:00 PM

First-round DL Sheldon Richardson is fourth on the Jets in tackles (60) and is third in sacks (3.5).

Among the leaders in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race, Richardson has been everything the Jets have asked for and more. The No. 13 overall pick is PFF's No. 5 3-4 defensive end and has been a huge reason the Jets have the league's No. 2 run defense. "He's got that relentless motor," coach Rex Ryan said. "For a defensive tackle and being as productive as he is ... the tape doesn't lie."
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Jets signed No. 13 overall pick DL Sheldon Richardson to a four-year contract.

The exact position Richardson will play in the 3-4 is unknown at this point, but he says he lined up "everywhere" in OTAs and minicamp practices. Our best guess is that Muhammad Wilkerson will play left end, Kenrick Ellis will man the nose, and Richardson will slot in on the right side of the Jets' defensive line.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:12:00 PM

First-round pick DL Sheldon Richardson says he's been lining up "everywhere" in Jets OTAs.

"A little end, a little (three-technique tackle), a little nose, shade, all that," he said. "The only thing I haven’t done yet is play rush (linebacker), so I pretty much have my hand in the dirt." Richardson admits the transition from Mizzou's 4-3 scheme to the Jets' 3-4 isn't easy. "You just have to get used to what the coaches are saying and understanding what they mean and pick it up fast because it’s the NFL. You don’t have time for mistakes, shorter reps."
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 09:57:00 AM

First-round pick Sheldon Richardson lined up at nose tackle for part of the first day of Jets rookie minicamp.

Coming out of college, Richardson was considered a 4-3 tackle that wasn't expected to play nose, but after Friday it appears that's a possibility. "We'd move him around," said coach Rex Ryan. "Some guys will line up, depending on our call, you can have a guy at nose, you can have him at three, you can have him at five." Richardson has the potential to be a productive fantasy option, but significant time at nose would limit his IDP value.
Sat, May 11, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Jets selected Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson with the No. 13 overall pick.

Richardson has upside, but the pick is a head-scratcher. In dire need of offensive weapons and an edge rusher, the Jets go for a three-technique tackle. Richardson (6-foot-2 1/2, 294) is an explosive up-field rusher with tremendous suddenness off the ball. Perhaps the most athletic interior defensive lineman in the draft, Richardson even dropped into coverage at times for the Tigers. Richardson profiles as a suspect run defender, but could threaten for 5-7 sacks as a rookie. In 24 games at Mizzou, he reeled off 18.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and four forced fumbles. He ran 5.02 at the Combine with a 1.77 ten-yard split and did 30 reps on the bench. It's just an odd fit on paper for the Jets.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:48:00 PM

According to Yahoo's Jason Cole, the 49ers want to trade up in the first round and are targeting Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Niners are trying to get into the top-15. A three-technique pass rusher like Richardson isn't a glaring need with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald entrenched, but San Francisco has the luxury of 13 total picks in this draft. They could also be interested in a safety, where journeyman Craig Dahl is penciled in at free safety. Texas' Kenny Vaccaro would be a fit.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:48:00 AM

SI's Peter King believes if the Falcons "had their way," they'd come out of the first-round with Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson.

However, King believes it would be "too costly" for the Falcons to trade up from No. 30 to get Richardson, who has a chance to go in the top-ten. Richardson isn't generating a ton of pre-draft buzz, but his "stock" hasn't slipped. He'll be on the stage in New York.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:21:00 AM

Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson ran forty times of 4.71 and 4.82 at the Tigers' Pro Day.

Richardson is 6-foot-2 1/2, 294, which makes the forty times impressive. He ran a 5.02 in Indy. Richardson is projected to be drafted in the early teens, and has an outside chance at the top 10. He is a three-technique pass rusher.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson measured 6-foot-2 1/2 and 294 pounds at Saturday's NFL Combine weigh-in.

Richardson showed up a bit light in the pants, but he's going to star in on-field Combine drills. It's quite possible he'll push for a forty time in the 4.6s. Richardson is an explosive penetrator at three-technique tackle and likely top-12 pick.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 09:01:00 AM